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‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story’ Review: One of Hollywood’s Most Fascinating Lives Gets a Biography to Match

‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story’ Review: One of Hollywood’s Most Fascinating Lives Gets a Biography to Match
It’s not that Alexandra Dean’s documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” starts off with a montage of individuals attesting to the legendary actress’ on-screen allure. It’s how quickly the film moves past that to a more profound understanding of the woman behind the face. “Bombshell,” which airs this week as part of PBS’ American Masters series, is a biography of a classic film star that doesn’t need to do much to bolster Lamarr’s bona fides as someone who captivated the moviegoing public’s attention.

But even if Lamarr (born Hedwig Kiesler in 1914 Austria) is best known for her roles, she left behind a legacy that extends far beyond her filmography. It’s a testament to both Lamarr’s life and Dean’s crafting of the film that the interview subjects for this doc extend into a variety of fields. There are film historians, family members, friends, and the man who becomes a kind of unofficial narrator of the film, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes.
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'Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable': Film Review

One of the rare art-world bio-docs that delivers the sensation of seeing a story unfold dramatically onscreen, Sasha Waters Freyer's Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable introduces a compulsive picture-taker who was for a time hailed as photography's essential artist, then saw critical opinion turn on him. Alert not just to shifts in the critical zeitgeist but to accompanying changes in social mores, the fascinating film speaks to the most sophisticated students of fine-art photography without alienating casual buffs. Festival auds should respond well, and it will make a fine addition to PBS' American Masters series once it airs there.

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Entertainment News: 54th Chicago International Television Festival Award Honorees

Chicago – The ballots were counted at the recent 54th Chicago International Television Festival – which has become a separate Spring event presented by Cinema/Chicago, the agency of the Chicago International Film Festival – and there were numerous honorees in the categories of Commercials and Television Production, given on Thursday, March 22th, 2018, at the AMC River East Theatre in Chicago. The highest award is the Gold Hugo, but also conferred were the Silver Hugo, Gold Plaque, Silver Plaque and Certificate of Merit.

Awards Ceremony, March 22th, 2018, at the AMC River East 21 Theater

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The Chicago International Television Festival evolved from the annual Film Festival into a separate international event in 2016, celebrating the best in television production, series, commercials and the innovative of online programming. Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival and the Television Festival, is a non-profit cinema/TV arts and education organization. In addition to the annual festivals,
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SXSW Winner ‘Garry Winogrand’ Acquired By Greenwich Entertainment

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable, Sasha Waters Freyer’s documentary on the famed photographer that just won the Special Jury prize at SXSW after it world premiered there. A 2018 theatrical release is in the works, and the docu will have its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere on PBSAmerican Masters. Winogrand shot hundreds of thousands of photos with his Leica camera, creating an encyclopedic…
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Nanette Fabray, TV Star of the ’50s and ’60s, Dies at 97

Nanette Fabray, TV Star of the ’50s and ’60s, Dies at 97
The exuberant, indefatigable actress-singer Nanette Fabray, a Tony and Emmy winner, a star of Vincente Minnelli’s golden-age musical “The Band Wagon” and a longtime presence on television, most notably on “The Hollywood Squares,” died Thursday at her Palos Verdes, Calif., home, according to the New York Times. She was 97.

In MGM’s “The Band Wagon” (1953), also starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Oscar Levant, Fabray appeared in that classic film’s two most famous numbers, “That’s Entertainment” and, as one of the bratty (and bizarre) babies in high chairs, “Triplets.”

Fabray also appeared on TV comedies and drama, starring on “Westinghouse Playhouse,” created by then-husband Ranald MacDougall, and recurring as Grandma Katherine Romano on hit 1970s sitcom “One Day at a Time.” She guested on “Burke’s Law,” “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” on which she played Mary’s mother; “Love American Style,” “Maude,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Coach
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Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Susan Lacy — “Jane Fonda in Five Acts”

Jane Fonda in Five Acts”

Susan Lacy has received multiple Emmy and PGA Awards. She created PBS’ “American Masters.” Her directing credits include “Spielberg,” “Judy Garland: By Myself,” and “Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind.”

“Jane Fonda in Five Acts” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 20.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Sl: Girl next door, sex icon, activist, fitness tycoon, and Oscar-winning actress. Jane Fonda has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy, and transformation — and she’s done it all in the public eye.

This film goes to the heart of who she really is — a blend of deep vulnerability, magnetism, and bravery — to show what has fueled her inspiring, remarkable life.

Born out of 21 hours of interviews, Fonda speaks candidly and frankly about her life. The film also includes interviews with Fonda’s family and friends — including Tom Hayden,
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“Jane Usually Knew Exactly Where I Was”: Dp Sam Painter on Jane Fonda in Five Acts

The past four months have seen the premieres of two documentaries shot by Sam Painter and directed by Susan Lacy. The creator of American Masters and the winner of 14 Emmy Awards, Lacy released Spielberg on HBO last October. This month she arrives at Sundance to debut Jane Fonda in Five Acts, her doc on the legendary actor, activist and feminist. Below, Painter discusses how he sought to photograph this “amazingly colorful, political, philanthropic and influential life.” Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your […]
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“I Am Not There to Call Attention to My Lighting:” Dp Tom Hurwitz on Shooting Studio 54

Veteran cinematographer Tom Hurwitz has shot more than 100 documentary features and TV series since 1974, when he helped shoot The Grateful Dead, a concert film of the eponymous band live in San Francisco. Hurwitz has worked on such seminal series as Nova, Frontline and American Masters, while his feature doc work includes Wild Man Blues, The Queen of Versailles and last year’s Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Having worked on Valentino: The Last Emperor in 2008, Hurwitz again teams up with director Matt Tyrnauer for Studio 54, a doc on the legendary New York nightclub. Studio 54 makes its debut […]
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Jane Fonda on Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly and Her Sundance Documentary

Jane Fonda on Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly and Her Sundance Documentary
“To drink or not to drink?” That is one of the many questions that Jane Fonda poses in her new documentary. Lounging around, getting her hair done, the Oscar-winning actress starts to dish about her beverage of choice. “They only serve wine,” she laughs. “I don’t drink champagne. I don’t drink wine. I drink vodka. I’ll have to bribe somebody.”

“Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” which premieres on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, is an intimate portrait of a movie star and activist. Director Susan Lacy (“Spielberg,” “American Masters”) interviewed Fonda a dozen times. She planned trips with Fonda to revisit moments from her past, and conducted secondary interviews with her pal Robert Redford, her ex-husbands and her kids.

Fonda spoke to Variety about the movie, which airs on HBO later this year.

Why did you agree to do a documentary?

I had written a book already and so I was used to
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Film News Roundup: Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, Charlie Hunnam Join ‘A Million Little Pieces’ Movie

Film News Roundup: Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, Charlie Hunnam Join ‘A Million Little Pieces’ Movie
In today’s film news roundup, Billy Bob Thornton signs up for “A Million Little Pieces,” “The Bricklayer” moves forward, and Greenwich Entertainment finds its first release.


Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, and Charlie Hunnam have joined Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Giovanni Ribisi in the detox drama “A Million Little Pieces.”

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing for Brad Weston’s Makeready. Makeready’s Pam Abdy is producing with the Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman.

Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who are married, adapted the script from James Frey’s 2003 book “A Million Little Pieces.” Though the novel was promoted as a memoir, it was later discovered that many of the events described in the book never happened.

Makeready will fully finance the film. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and plans to take the project to Berlin.

Thornton will play the Leonard role. He is repped by Wme and Media Talent Group; Juri by [link
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‘Itzhak’ Lands Greenwich Entertainment Deal, Gets March Release

‘Itzhak’ Lands Greenwich Entertainment Deal, Gets March Release
Itzhak, the Alison Chernick-directed documentary that served as the opening-night film at the most recent Hamptons Film Festival, has been acquired by newbie distributor Greenwich Entertainment. The plan is for a theatrical release nationwide beginning March 9 in New York. It will also be broadcast as part of PBS' American Masters series. The film, which takes an in-depth look at Itzhak Perlman, widely considered the world’s best violinist, will be the first theatrical…
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Film Review: ‘Itzhak’

Film Review: ‘Itzhak’
Good music and good company make “Itzhak” a pleasure, though those seeking a methodical career overview should look elsewhere than this genial personality sketch of the world-famous violinist. Alison Chernick’s documentary captures the Manhattan-dwelling subject at home and on tour around the globe, hobnobbing with classical colleagues as well as the likes of close friend Alan Alda and former Potus Obama. It’s a portrait custom-made for public television (and duly co-produced by PBSAmerican Masters), though one that would also appeal to a select audience in limited theatrical exposure.

Itzhak Perlman was born in 1945 Tel Aviv to Polish émigré parents who were non-musical, though they quickly sussed their prodigy son’s talent. Others did not, if only because they thought he couldn’t get far on the leg braces that polio forced on him at age 4 — never mind that the violin is not customarily played with one’s feet. Nonetheless, at 13 he
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Little Women, Victoria, We'll Meet Again: PBS Announces Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule

PBS has released its Winter/Spring 2018 schedule. Returning PBS TV series include: Victoria season two and Call the Midwife season seven, as as well as new seasons of Nature, Independent Lens, American Experience, Nova, American Masters, Frontline, Great Performances, and Pov. New PBS TV shows include: Little Women, We'll Meet Again with Ann Curry, Unforgotten, Civilizations, and The Great American Read. Get the details from this PBS press release. Read More…
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Critics Choice Documentary Winners

by Nathaniel R

"Jane," now in theaters, took the top prize at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards

Perhaps if I'm too stay in the Bfca (home to the "Critic's Choice Awards") I should run for actual office within them. Why? Well, change from within. I literally never understand their decisions like awards ceremonies where there are no rules as to how large a category is or isn't. They have this same problem in their main movie awards to a small degree but their documentary competition is even more unruly/nonsensical. These awards, held last night in Brooklyn, had (pause for shuddering) 16 nominees for Best Documentary Feature but 10 nominees for Best Director and only 6 nominees for Debut Documentary and so on and so on. No rhyme or reason! 

But herewith, this year's winners (links go to reviews if we've covered them). All of the feature film winners are on Oscar's long
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New Class of Women at Sundance Fellows Announced

Ramona Diaz is part of the new class: Sundance

Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Elyse Steinberg (“Weiner”), and Jennifer Phang (“Advantageous”) are just a few of the amazing alumna of the Women at Sundance Fellows program. The Sundance Institute has announced the sixth annual class of its year-long fellowship, which includes mentorship, personal coaching, travel grants to participate in activities at Sundance Film Fest, and other forms of support.

The six women chosen to participate are “emerging and mid-career narrative and documentary directors and producers, selected from a pool of recent Sundance Institute alumnae.”

This year’s fellows include Ramona Diaz, director of “Motherland,” a doc about the world’s busiest maternity hospital, and Eliza Hittman, writer-director of “Beach Rats,” a drama about a Brooklyn teen exploring his sexuality. When Hittman won Sundance’s U.S. drama directing award for the film she said, “I think there is nothing more taboo in this country than a woman with ambition, and I am going to work my way through a system that is completely discriminatory towards women. And Hollywood, I’m coming for you.”

Check out all of the fellows and their bios below, courtesy of Sundance.

Ramona Diaz is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker best known for her compelling character-driven documentaries that combine a profound appreciation for cinematic aesthetics and potent storytelling. Her films have demonstrated her ability to gain intimate access to the people she films — be they rock stars, first ladies, dissidents, teachers or mothers — resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives. While she has focused exclusively on stories of Filipinos and Filipino Americans, the themes of Ramona’s stories are universal. Her films have screened and won awards at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, Silverdocs, Idfa, and many other top-tier film festivals. She has received funding from Itvs, Caam, Sundance Documentary Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Institute, Catapult Film Fund, and Chicken & Egg, among others. All four of Ramona’s feature length films — Imelda, The Learning, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, and Motherland — have broadcast on either Pov or Independent Lens on PBS. She has also served on numerous film festival juries and funding panels. For the past four years, Ramona has been a film envoy for the American Film Showcase, a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the USC School of Cinematic Arts that brings American films to audiences worldwide. She has conducted master classes and production and post-production workshops all over the world, including in Iraq, Laos, Morocco, Qatar, Zimbabwe, the Congo and throughout the United States. Recently, she was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Sabrina Schmidt Gordon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from New York City. Her editing debut won an Emmy for Wgbh’s Greater Boston Arts series, and she has continued to distinguish herself as a producer, editor, and director. Her latest film, Quest, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. It has won Grand Jury prizes at several festivals, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where it also won the Human Rights award. Her feature debut as a producer and editor, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, also premiered at Sundance, in 2006, and was named in the Chicago Tribune’s “Best Documentaries of 2007.” In 2015, Sabrina co-produced/directed, and edited BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. It received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Culture and Arts documentary, and won the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color award at the African Diaspora International Film Festival. Sabrina is also the co-producer and editor of Documented, the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning undocumented journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas. The film had record viewership on CNN, with over a billion impressions on Twitter, generated Oscar buzz, and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary Film. Her television credits include The New Mad Men, which won the Imagen Award for Best National Informational Program for Maria Hinojosa’s acclaimed PBS series, America by the Numbers. Sabrina also creates content for organizations and video journalism platforms. Among these are The Ford Foundation, Frontline, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Witness, American Masters, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Agricultural Missions, the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights, and more. Her commitment to social justice extends to consulting on and producing engagement and impact campaigns for media projects. Sabrina is on the faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Cuny Graduate School of Journalism. She is co-chair of the Black Documentary Collective and serves on many media panels and juries. She is an honors graduate from New York University.

Eliza Hittman is an award-winning filmmaker, born and based in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut feature film It Felt Like Lovepremiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Next and the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Tiger Competition in 2013. It was a New York Times, The Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Indie Film. She was nominated for a Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Gotham Award and two Independent Spirit Awards for It Felt Like Love, Best Cinematography and the John Cassavetes Award. Her second feature, Beach Rats was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and premiered in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where she was given the Directing Award. The film was the Centerpiece film at New Director’s New Films and premiered internationally at Locarno. She is an Assistant Professor of Film/Video at Pratt Institute.

Angela C. Lee is a Spirit Award nominated producer dedicated to creating bold and captivating stories that promote empathy and exploration. Her first feature film Songs My Brothers Taught Me, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. The film was distributed by Kino Lorber and nominated for multiple Spirit Awards including Best First Feature and Best Cinematography. Angela is currently in post-production on the fiction short The Row, commissioned by Indigenous Media through their Project Her Incubator and in development on fiction feature projects The Space Between, about a woman obsessed with becoming a professional bodybuilder, and Sparkle Panthers, a comedy set in the arena of eSports and multi-player online gaming. She is a 2015 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Lab Fellow and has also been supported by the Berlinale Talents and Co-Production Market, Film Independent, Ifp, PGA Diversity Workshop and the Center for Asian American Media. Angela is also the Senior Manager of Artist Development at Film Independent where she oversees the filmmaker labs program including Screenwriting, Directing, Producing, Episodic, Documentary Labs and the Fast Track Finance Market. Previously, Angela served as Director of Creative Affairs at Vox3 Films in New York. Prior to her career in entertainment, she was an Associate at Goldman Sachs. Angela currently serves as Co-President of DragonSprouts, a 501(c)3 organization that supports Mandarin Immersion language programs in the La Unified School District. A native Chicagoan now based in Los Angeles, Angela graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics.

Lana Wilson is an Emmy Award-winning director, writer, and producer based in New York. Her new film, The Departure, premiered in competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim. The Departure was called “A genuinely spiritual experience” by The Washington Post, “Stunning” by Filmmaker Magazine, and “Tender and quietly moving…like a haiku” by TheNew York Times. The film had a held-over New York theatrical run at Metrograph, and is now playing in additional select Us cities. Wilson’s first film, After Tiller, premiered at Sundance in 2013 and went on to win an Emmy Award for Best Documentary. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, four Cinema Eye Honors, and the Ridenhour Prize. After Tiller was theatrically released in 50 Us cities by Oscilloscope and nationally broadcast on Pov. It was named one of the five best documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review and featured in “Best of 2013” lists in the La Times, the Village Voice, Indiewire, Artforum, and more. Wilson has also worked in television, including writing and producing the premiere episode of the documentary miniseries I Am Rebel for National Geographic Studios. Previously, Wilson was the Film and Dance Curator for Performa. Wilson is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt and has also taught at UnionDocs and Dctv. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, Itvs, Candescent Films, Artemis Rising Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Ida, Nysca, and the MacDowell Colony. She holds a B.A. in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University.

Lauren Wolkstein is a New York City-based filmmaker originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Her award-winning short films include Social Butterfly (2013 Sundance Film Festival), Cigarette Candy (2010 SXSW Grand Jury Prize) and The Strange Ones co-directed with Christopher Radcliff (2011 Sundance Film Festival). Lauren and Christopher adapted The Strange Ones into their first feature film of the same name, starring James Freedson-Jackson and Alex Pettyfer, which world premiered to critical acclaim at the SXSW Film Festival in 2017, receiving the Jury Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. It had its international premiere at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival where it took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best American Independent Feature Film. Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV picked it up for distribution and it will be released theatrically in January 2018. Lauren also recently completed collective:unconscious, a collaborative feature spearheaded by Dan Schoenbrun, which was the first omnibus to premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition at SXSW in 2016. Filmmaker Magazine listed her as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2013. Lauren received her Mfa in film directing from Columbia University and is an assistant professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University. Wolkstein is currently developing a project about a female player in the male-dominated world of high stakes poker.

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Critics Choice Documentary Awards Crown ‘Jane’ As Winner, While Filmmakers Grapple With ‘Fucked-Up Times’

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Critics Choice Documentary Awards Crown ‘Jane’ As Winner, While Filmmakers Grapple With ‘Fucked-Up Times’
The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards returned to Brooklyn’s Bric on Nov. 2 and anointed Brett Morgen’s “Jane” the Oscar frontrunner for Best Documentary Feature. That bodes well for the Jane Goodall profile as it continues its awards season run. Presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, the inaugural ceremony last year correctly augured that “O.J.: Made in America” and “13th” would win that season’s top documentary film and television prizes.

When the 2017 nominees were unveiled this October, so was a rule change that merged the Best Documentary categories for films released in theaters versus via television or a streaming platform. This meant that the latest field was extremely stacked — 16 titles — making the win for a feature on the Tanzania expeditions of beloved, now-octogenarian primatologist Dame Jane Goodall extra fortuitous. “Jane” premiered this fall at the Toronto Film Festival, earning an A- from IndieWire.
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Denis O’Hare on Why His Edgar Allan Poe is a Mix of Matt Drudge and Joaquin Phoenix

Denis O’Hare on Why His Edgar Allan Poe is a Mix of Matt Drudge and Joaquin Phoenix
It’s Halloween time, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that you’ve heard some Edgar Allan Poe verse in the past few weeks. “The Raven,” most likely. If you had been alive during the time when Poe was still living, your chances of hearing “Once upon a midnight dreary…” would have been just as good.

“‘The Raven’ was a massive hit. [Poe] was a huge celebrity during the time ‘The Raven.’ Everybody knew ‘The Raven.’ People did parodies of ‘The Raven.’ Kids memorized it in school,” actor and literary superfan Denis O’Hare explained in a recent interview

In Eric Stange’s new PBS film “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive,” O’Hare plays Poe in surreal, reimagined moments, performing the writers’ work to empty rooms and slinking through the streets of Poe’s eventual home city of Baltimore under cover of darkness.

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Denis O’Hare on Playing Edgar Allan Poe for ‘American Masters’ & Working with Ryan Murphy

Starring Denis O’Hare and narrated by Kathleen Turner, the documentary American MastersEdgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive, airing on PBS on October 30th, draws on the rich palette of Poe’s imagery and explores the misrepresentations of the man as a drug-addled madman to tell the real story of the notorious author. After his death, Poe became a global icon of modern literature and a pop culture brand, but in life, he was an orphan in search of family, love and literary fame, having written over 100 short stories and poems before dying under mysterious circumstances. During this …
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PBS to Tell the True Story of Edgar Allan Poe

Next Monday, October 30th, at 9pm, PBS will be airing a new entry in its “American Masters” series, this one titled “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive.” Directed by Eric Strange and narrated by Kathleen Turner, the documentary will explore the… Continue Reading →

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Preview: Week Two Films at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival is winding down, with the closing night film set for Thursday, October 26th, 2017 (“The Shape of Water”). But there are still many films to go until the end, and Jon Lennon Espino and Patrick McDonald of preview some choices for week two.

Each review is designated by (Je) Jon Espino and (Pm) Patrick McDonald. For a Pdf connection to the complete schedule, click here.

Blade Of The Immortal (Japan)

’Blade of the Immortal,’ Directed by Takashi Miike

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Prolific director Takashi Miike has made 100 films, mostly in the last 20 years. His 100th feature, “Blade of the Immortal”, shows him in great form by delivering the same, entertaining, pulpy, over-the-top action we have come to expect from Miike. This film is less like his remake of “13 Assassins” and more like his previous film “Yakuza Apocalypse”. The sheer ridiculousness of this film,
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